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Principal Investigators

Professor Simon Ringer Principal Investigator, The University of Sydney View Profile →
Professor Simon Ringer Principal Investigator, The University of Sydney

Professor Simon Ringer is the principal investigator of this project, and the University of Sydney’s Academic Director of Core Research Facilities. He leads the University’s strategic planning and operations of its high-end research infrastructure initiatives. He is also an academic member of the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, the Australian Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis, and University of Sydney Nano Institute.

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Professor Xiaozhou Liao Co-investigator, School of Aerospace Mechanical & Mechatronic Engineering, The University of Sydney View Profile →
Professor Xiaozhou Liao Co-investigator, School of Aerospace Mechanical & Mechatronic Engineering, The University of Sydney

Professor Xiaozhou Liao is a professor in the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, at the University of Sydney, and a co-investigator of this project. His research involves using advanced electron microscopy techniques to examine materials at atomic resolution, laying the groundwork for the design of superior materials for applications including in the semiconductor, automobile and aviation industries.

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Associate Professor Sophie Primig Co-investigator, ARC DECRA Fellow/Scientia Fellow, School of Materials Science and Engineering, The University of New South Wales View Profile →
Associate Professor Sophie Primig Co-investigator, ARC DECRA Fellow/Scientia Fellow, School of Materials Science and Engineering, The University of New South Wales

Associate Professor Sophie Primig is a co-investigator of this project and a UNSW Scientia Fellow. Her research contributions are in processing-structure-property relationships of structural metallic materials for aerospace and other high performance applications.

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Team USyd

Dr. Katja Eder Project Manager, School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, The University of Sydney View Profile →
Dr. Katja Eder Project Manager, School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, The University of Sydney

Katja has a mineralogy background and has been working in atom probe and electron microscopy since 2012 on a wide variety of materials systems. She received her PhD from the University of Sydney in 2018 and joined the team in 2019 in the role as project manager.

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Dr. Andrew Breen Research Fellow, School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, The University of Sydney View Profile →
Dr. Andrew Breen Research Fellow, School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, The University of Sydney

Andrew received his PhD from the University of Sydney in 2014 and has since worked as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Sydney and the Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung (MPIE) in Düsseldorf, Germany. Andrew currently works with Professor Simon Ringer on an AUSMURI project exploring the physical metallurgy of 3D printed metals. Andrew is using APT and other microscopy techniques such as scanning electron microscopy (SEM), electron back-scattered diffraction (EBSD) and plasma focused ion beam (PFIB) to characterise metals produced via additive manufacturing.

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Dr. Zibin Chen Postdoctoral Research Associate, School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, The University of Sydney View Profile →
Dr. Zibin Chen Postdoctoral Research Associate, School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, The University of Sydney

After completing the B.Eng. degree in Biomedical at South China University of Technology, China, Dr. Zibin Chen obtained his MPhil and PhD in the University of Sydney, Australia. After his PhD, he worked in Scitek Australia Pty Ltd as an application scientist until he joined the University of Sydney as a postdoctoral research associate in August 2019. His expertise focuses on applying in-situ electron microscopy techniques to study the structure-properties relationship of various materials including metal, non-crystalline materials, semiconductors, and multiferroic materials. He will be majorly working on design and control of microstructure dynamic of additive manufacturing materials with in-situ electron microscopy.

Dr. Hansheng Chen Research Engineer, School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, The University of Sydney View Profile →
Dr. Hansheng Chen Research Engineer, School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, The University of Sydney

Hansheng received his PhD from the University of Sydney in 2019. As part of his role he is working on 3D-EBSD, EDS and SEM of Ni-based super alloys and Ti-6Al-4V.

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Dr. Keita Nomoto Postdoctoral Research Assistant, School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, The University of Sydney View Profile →
Dr. Keita Nomoto Postdoctoral Research Assistant, School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, The University of Sydney

Keita received his PhD degree from the University of NSW in 2018. His research focusses on high resolution TEM analysis of AM alloys.

Hao Wang PhD Student, The University of Sydney View Profile →
Hao Wang PhD Student, The University of Sydney

Hao’s research focuses on using advanced microscopy techniques to study the effect of cyclic thermal loadings on the microstructural evolution in additive manufacturing processes.

William Davids PhD Student, The University of Sydney View Profile →
William Davids PhD Student, The University of Sydney

Will uses atom probe tomography (APT), as a means of investigating the complex microstructure of additively manufactured Ti-6Al-4V. His work also aims to progress atom probe reconstruction, enhancing the spatial accuracy of APT data.

Bryan Lim PhD Student, The University of Sydney View Profile →
Bryan Lim PhD Student, The University of Sydney

Bryan’s work is focused on rationalising the thermo-mechanical instabilities in electron-beam additively manufactured Ni-based superalloys by comparing the thermal history of the additive manufacturing process, with an the complex microstructures that arises. This will be carried out by using a variety of microscopy techniques; namely, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM ) & atom probe tomography (APT).

Zijian (James) Yu PhD Student, The University of Sydney View Profile →
Zijian (James) Yu PhD Student, The University of Sydney

After completing his master’s degree at the University of Sydney, he is continuing as a PhD student under the supervision of Prof. Simon Ringer. The aim of his project is to investigate the microstructure and mechanical properties of an additively manufactured NiTi alloy via electron microscopy and other techniques. Hydrogen embrittlement phenomenon in this material will also be investigated with the help of cyro-atom probe tomography (APT).

Samia Razzaq PhD Student, The University of Sydney View Profile →
Samia Razzaq PhD Student, The University of Sydney

Samia completed her BS/MS in Materials Engineering from NED University of Engineering and Technology in Karachi, Pakistan. She is now conducting a PhD with 3D Additive under the supervision of Prof. Xiaozhou Liao, with her research focusing on using advanced microscopy techniques to study the microstructure and properties of 3D-printed equiatomic CoCrNi medium entropy alloy.

Cameron Durrant Undergraduate Honours Student, The University of Sydney View Profile →
Cameron Durrant Undergraduate Honours Student, The University of Sydney

Cameron is currently in his 5th year of a double degree in BE(Hons)/BSc majoring in Mechanical Engineering and Chemistry.  He is currently working as a research assistant under Prof. Simon Ringer working on the sample preparation and analysis of the Ti-6Al-4V and Inconel 738 alloys.

Matthew Webb Undergraduate Honours Student, The University of Sydney View Profile →
Matthew Webb Undergraduate Honours Student, The University of Sydney

Matt is conducting his 4th year honours work with 3D Additive, looking into potential non-destructive testing methods to test and validate additive parts. This project combines quality control and certification, a major focus of his degree and exchange to the University of Southampton, with the emerging technology of Additive Manufacture.

Team UNSW

Dr. Nima Haghdadi Postdoctoral Research Fellow, School of Materials Science & Engineering, The University of New South Wales View Profile →
Dr. Nima Haghdadi Postdoctoral Research Fellow, School of Materials Science & Engineering, The University of New South Wales

He is a former Victoria Fellow and Alfred Deakin Research Fellow and the recipient of Thermo Fisher Scientific Cowley-Moodie award in 2018 for the most outstanding contribution to physical sciences using electron microscopy in Australia. Nima’s contribution to this project is mostly on the in-situ engineering of the microstructures of steels and superalloys during 3D printing.

Ryan DeMott PhD Student, The University of New South Wales View Profile →
Ryan DeMott PhD Student, The University of New South Wales

Ryan DeMott is originally from the U.S and completed a BS/MS in materials science at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. His research interests include structure property relationships and grain boundary characterization in advanced metals His current research includes the microstructural evolution of Ti-6Al-4V during additive manufacturing. He employs a variety of microscopy techniques including SEM, EBSD, 3D ESBD, Plasma FIB, TEM, and atom probe microscopy to characterize microstructures, across length scales and in two and 3 dimensions, in order to develop a thorough understanding of processing-structure-property relationships.

Maxwell Moyle PhD Student, The University of New South Wales View Profile →
Maxwell Moyle PhD Student, The University of New South Wales

Max began his PhD under Associate Professor Sophie Primig at UNSW in August 2019, shortly after completing his undergraduate studies at Imperial College London. His research is focused on using advanced materials characterisation techniques to study the microstructure of 17-4 precipitate hardenable stainless steel when fabricated by Selective Laser Melting (SLM).

Zheren (Mike) Zou Undergraduate Honours Student, The University of New South Wales View Profile →
Zheren (Mike) Zou Undergraduate Honours Student, The University of New South Wales

Mike is a current honours student in the last year of his ‘Material Science and Engineering’ bachelor degree. His fascination in steel and the promising future of additive manufacturing is the reason why his honours project will focus on the microstructure characteristics of austenitic stainless steel processed by laser powder bed fusion.

Former team members

Yingluo Li Undergraduate student, the University of Sydney View Profile →
Yingluo Li Undergraduate student, the University of Sydney

Yingluo is in her 4th year study of Biomedical Engineering (Hons) majoring in Chemical Engineering. She is currently an honours student working on Atom Probe data analysis of Ti-6Al-4V in Prof. Simon Ringer’s research group.

Siyu Mao Undergraduate student, BE(Hons), the University of Sydney View Profile →
Siyu Mao Undergraduate student, BE(Hons), the University of Sydney

Siyu is an honours student majoring in mechanical engineering. She is working on her thesis project, using EBSD and TKD to look into the effects of cyclic thermal loading on the microstructural evolution of Ti-6Al-4V in 3D printing.

Chris Cooper Undergraduate Student, The University of Sydney View Profile →
Chris Cooper Undergraduate Student, The University of Sydney

Chris is currently studying mechatronic engineering at the University of Sydney. He is working as a research assistant on the project, focusing mainly on sample preparation for Ti-6Al-4V and Inconel 738 alloys, as well as EBSD analysis for the Ti-6Al-4V.

Phillip (Liam) Stephenson Undergraduate Honours Student, The University of New South Wales View Profile →
Phillip (Liam) Stephenson Undergraduate Honours Student, The University of New South Wales

Liam is currently completing his fifth year of a dual degree in Materials Science and Chemical Engineering. He is completing his honours research project in Dr Primig’s team as part of the AUSMURI program. His thesis aims to investigate variant selection of alpha phase in additive manufactured Ti-6Al-4V through EBSD measurements and explain its characteristics by relating the microstructure back to the electron beam melting processing conditions.

Edward Whitelock Undergraduate Student, The University of New South Wales View Profile →
Edward Whitelock Undergraduate Student, The University of New South Wales

Edward is undertaking a Material Science and Engineering honours Bachelor degree at UNSW Sydney. He is currently working within Dr Primig’s group as a research assistant, investigating the capacities of electron beam melting as an in-situ controlled heat treatment to induce desired strengthening precipitates within the as-printed microstructure of a Ni-based superalloy.